Word of the Day: sentry

The word sentry has appeared in 37 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Oct. 3 in “Strange Scenes of Ian: From a Doorbell Camera” by Rebecca Halleck and Audra D. S. Burch:

Hurricane Ian’s menace sent homeowners around Florida scurrying to safer parts while their technology stood sentry. Home camera security systems served as the unflinching eyes and ears for anxious people whose homes were in the storm’s wide and teetering path.

The combination of sights and sounds captured by the popular systems forged the strangest feeling, both destabilizing and reassuring at the same time: From other parts of Florida or other states altogether — or even from the windowless interiors of their homes — homeowners watched one of the most powerful storms to ever strike Florida as a kind of ominous theater.

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